Weekend Netflix Movie Selection #3
Last Updated on Friday, 27 September 2013 05:32
Written by theglasshousetx
Friday, 27 September 2013 05:32
Welcome to our third and final Netflix movie selection for the weekend! The 2012 documentary The House I Live In received high praise from critics and won several awards, including Best Documentary at Sundance. Director Eugene Jarecki, known for Freakonomics and Why We Fight, takes a closer look at America’s War on Drugs and how it’s affecting individuals, subcultures and ultimately the nation.
The House I Live In is a little different from the other two movies we selected for your weekend entertainment. First, the tone is more serious and the content more grim. It’s the opposite of boring, but you can expect a darker vibe than the others. Secondly, The House I Live In doesn’t focus on marijuana legalization, but rather looks at the history of the War on all Drugs in America and its political and cultural implications. So…put your thinking caps on.
Jarecki’s inspiration for the film originated with one story: that of his childhood nanny in New Haven, Connecticut. While she worked and even moved with the family to support her children, her son became involved in hard drugs and contracted HIV from needle use. While this sounds like a simple snapshot, Jarecki uses this story as a starting point, and goes on to explore how the War on Drugs is ultimately hurting poor communities rather than helping.
The House I Live In also traces America’s history of drug prohibition. Before the turn of the 20th century, there were no illegal drugs. Housewives in the south had an affinity for opium. Hemp was once a required crop on Virginia plantations. Each drug was made illegal for various reasons, usually socio-political and often racial.
While this film may not be a plea to legalize marijuana or all drugs, it does shed a surprising light on the media propaganda and political motivations behind the drug war in America. Definitely worth a watch!
Don’t forget about Super High Me and The Union – if you haven’t seen them yet, it may be time for a legalization marathon!